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How to get free mathematics and engineering textbooks?

  1. Jan 4, 2015 #1
    How to get free mathematics and engineering textbooks? I need them in pdf file form. The textbooks I want are college and university textbooks.

    Any website/link that gives free textbooks are welcome. I need them for self study and I'm compiling a library of textbooks.
     
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  3. Jan 4, 2015 #2

    berkeman

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    If you are asking about PDFs of copyrighted textbooks, distributing free copies of them would be a violation of copyright law (illegal). Is that what you are asking for? Links to illegal download sites?
     
  4. Jan 4, 2015 #3

    Doug Huffman

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  5. Jan 4, 2015 #4

    berkeman

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    That looks to apply more to journal articles, rather than to entire textbooks. From the link:

     
  6. Jan 4, 2015 #5

    Doug Huffman

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    Here is an open access introduction to quantum mechanics textbook arXiv:1007.4184v1 [quant-ph] 23 Jul 2010 by Bram Gaasbeek

    Indeed, searching on "textbook" at arXiv got a number of hits. And 50+ hits at SSRN.

    When I was studying Ixodes hard bodied ticks Lyme Disease vectors, I first found my very favorite textbook first as PDF archives scattered across the web. After I was convinced of its value I found it as an inexpensive academic library excess. The good thing about p-books and truth is that it is forever.
     
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  7. Jan 4, 2015 #6

    mathwonk

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    jasonRF

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    Have a look at the Internet Archive. There are tons of books whose copyright has expired (or are free from their inception) that you can download in several formats.
    Also, you might find whole textbooks on the personal pages of many professors. There's a wonderful book by Georgi on waves, for instance.
    MIT Open Courseware is another place where to dig for hidden nuggets.
     
  10. Jan 4, 2015 #9
    No I never meant illegal sites I mean sites like MIT courseware. I also want sites that have the copyright expired books that are LEGAL.
     
  11. Jan 4, 2015 #10
    Does google play or iBooks store have more mathematics and engineering books that are cheapest?
     
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